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Vocab Unit 8

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animosity
n. strong dislike; bitter hostility

Syn: enmity, rancor, antipathy

Ant: affection, fondness, rapport, amity
apathy
n. a lack of feeling, emotion, or interest

Syn: indifference, disinterest, detachment

Ant: enthusiasm, fervor, ardor, concern
apprehensive
adj. fearful or anxious, especially about the future

Syn: worried, nervous, fretful, jittery

Ant: unworried, assured, confident, certain
commend
v. to praise, express approval; to present as worthy of attention; to commit to the care of

Syn: applaud, entrust

Ant: abhor, loathe
compatible
adj. able to get along or work well together; capable of use with some other model or system

Syn: harmonious, in agreement, like-minded

Ant: mismatched, incongruous, antagonistic
condolence
n. an expression of sympathy

Syn: commiseration, solace, sympathy
consecrate
v. to make sacred, hallow; to set apart for a special purpose

syn: devote, dedicate, sanctify

ant: desecrate, defile, profane, dishonor
decrepit
adj. old and feeble; worn out, ruined

syn: infirm, broken-down, rickety, dilapidated

ant: vigorous, robust, sturdy
deride
v. to ridicule, laugh at with contempt

syn: mock, scorn, disparage, jeer at

ant: praise, extol, acclaim, applaud
ingenuous
adj. innocent, simple; frank, sincere

Syn: naive, artless, guileless, candid

Ant: artful, crafty, worldly, sophisticated
multifarious
adj. having great variety; numerous and diverse

syn: varied, manifold, heterogeneous

ant: unvaried, uniform, homogeneous
obsolete
adj. out-of-date, no longer in use

Syn: outmoded, antiquated, passé, old hat

Ant: current, up-to-date, brand-new
omnivorous
adj. eating every kind of food; eagerly taking in everything, having a wide variety of tastes

syn: all-devouring, voracious
parsimonious
adj. stingy, miserly; meager, poor, small

syn: frugal, niggardly, penny-pinching, cheap

Ant: generous, openhanded
quandary
n. a state of perplexity or doubt

syn: confusion, dilemma, predicament
recalcitrant
adj. stubbornly disobedient, resisting authority

syn: unruly, obstinate, contrary, ornery

ant: obedient, docile, cooperative, compliant
reprisal
n. an injury done in return for an injury

syn: retaliation, revenge, retribution
revel
v. to take great pleasure in
n. a wild celebration

syn: relish, savor, bask in, carouse

ant: abhor, loathe
stultify
v. to make ineffective or useless, cripple; to have a dulling effect on

syn: smother, stifle, neutralize, negate

ant: arouse, excite, inspire, stimulate
suave
adj. smoothly agreeable or polite, pleasing to the senses

syn: sophisticated, urbane, polished

ant: crude, clumsy, unpolished, oafish, loutish